Interview with Lillie Vale, Author of Small Town Hearts

I’m really excited today to share an interview with Lillie Vale. Lillie’s debut novel, Small Town Hearts, will be released this Tuesday, March 19th. I can’t wait for more people to read this amazing story, it’s definitely one of my new favorites!!!

So keep reading to hear Lillie Vale and I talk about writing advice, representation, and of course, her new book!


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The Tiger At Midnight by Swati Teerdhala – ARC Review

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

(All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change)
Quick Stats:
Overall:
 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 3.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Tiger At Midnight is a captivating novel, focusing mostly on the physical and mental journey of two fascinating characters.

“Never greet a tiger at midnight, for they are the manifestations of your past misdeeds.”

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Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett – ARC Review

First, I just want to thank Ashley at StudyingIsMyRaisondetre on tumblr for sending me the ARC!!! I’m eternally grateful!!!

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Quick Stats:
Overall:
 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Serious Moonlight is an adorable, realistic, and fun book that is perfect with a slice of pie.

“Judging people unfairly doesn’t define them; it defines you. And in the end everyone will be disappointed.”

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Bookshelf Tour + Organization Tips

Before I get into this, I just want to mention a post I made of 8 Things Every Book Collector Has Heard. I also just made a post about consumerism in the book community. Be sure to check that out! I feel a little hypocritical doing a bookshelf tour right after talking about how consumerism is negatively effecting the community. However, I think it’s possible to let yourself take pride in your collection and share it with others while also being aware that it became the way it is because of an unhealthy mentality surrounding book buying as well as pressures from the community.

Disclaimer: This collection has been a lifetime in the making. I’m 21, and I’ve been actively collecting books & bookish things with every spare dollar I’ve had, for over six years. This didn’t happen overnight, so if you’re just starting a collection and desperate to make it bigger, just give it time! Don’t go out purchasing a dozen books you never want to read. Be patient and let it grow with you.

One of my favorite things in my life is my book collection (also my dogs, who love to jump in any pictures I try to take of my collection). It’s been years in the making, and something I spend most of my extra time and money on.

I know it’s definitely excessive, but it brings me so much joy that it’s worth losing all wall space in my bedroom. And today, I wanted to go into detail on my shelves and how I organize them, as well as some tips I’ve learned.


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Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi – Review

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Quick Stats:
Overall:
 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Defy Me is a fascinating new installment in theShatter Me universe that has me so excited for the next book!

“Happiness does not happen. Happiness must be uncovered, separated from the skin of pain. It must be claimed. Kept close. Protected.”

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Consumerism in the Book Community

This is something a lot of people have been talking about lately, and I’ve been meaning to make a post on it for a while now. I just recently watched emmmabooks’s video on it, and that made me finally decide to write this.
So first, go watch her video. It’s really informative and she brings up a lot of great points!

Okay, done watching? Cool, now let’s talk.

I own a lot of books. Seriously. A lot. Over 1400.
I’ve been collecting books for over six years, and owning these books brings me a lot of happiness. Book collecting is a big part of my life, and I don’t know where I’d be without it.

That said, I want to talk about where it goes to far, and the issues it brings to the community.


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You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn – ARC Review

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Quick Stats:
Release Date: 04/02/2019
Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5

Review in a Nutshell: You’d Be Mine is a gripping, realistic, and thoroughly entertaining read that will make you fall in love with country music. 

“That’s the glorious thing about music. It speaks to the very heart of things in the most absolute and obtrusive way.” 

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My Favorite Reads of March 2019 + April TBR

I thought by reading slump was getting better, but boy was I wrong. I barely pulled through in March. I read 10 books, but most of them were novellas. However, there were still some amazing reads in there! Here’s a quick list of a few of my favorites:

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Top 10 Most Anticipated YA Releases of April 2019

This year is absolutely flying by. I can’t believe it’s April already! This month has some of my most anticipated releases of the year, with a good mix of debut novels, series starters, and continuations! My wallet may hate me this month, but I’ll be very happy once all these books come out.

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Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan – ARC Review

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Quick Stats:
Release Date: 04/02/2019
Overall:
 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5

Review in a Nutshell: This book is my new obsession. Wicked Saints is dark, gritty, sometimes horrific, and thoroughly compelling. 

“You have plunged yourself into the dark where the monsters dwell, now you must fight them off before you’re consumed.”

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8 Things Every Book Collector Has Heard

From knowing all of the employees of your local bookstore, to spending way too much of your money on the latest releases and special editions, there are a lot of things book collector’s all have in common, including constantly hearing these same things:

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